"Wathwood Catch Up With Cooke"

About: Wathwood Hospital

(as a staff member),

Mike Cooke our CEO visited Wathwood on Tuesday and met with the patients and staff as part of the Catch Up With Cooke events that Mike attends.

Mike led an informal meeting which gave ample opportunity to patients and staff to discuss the things that affect them.

I am told that this was a most valuable event and this was mostly down to Mike's charasmatic and human approach. Mike apparently took the time not only to listen but to hear.

Mike went on to play snooker with a patient (not something you would usually hear of a CEO) on the assessment ward which made such a difference to the patient involved and demonstrated a human side to the board.

Tim as governor ambassador to Wathwood

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Response from Philip Dickinson, Ward Manager and Involvement Lead, Wathwood Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Firstly we must thank you for the work you are doing at Wathwood, you are a true advocate and offer a unique insight to Wathwood hospital. The value of the governor involvement is really helping the patients and hospital inform others about our service and give an independent review.

We must also endorse the comments, ‘Catch up with Cooke’ was a superb event and the sincerity and openness of professor Cooke was commented on by several patients and staff. Although Wathwood is on the outskirts of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, these events do truly make us feel part of the organisation.

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